Thursday 8 December 2016

Woman searching for her long lost mum discovers she once was her work colleague

Published 04/03/2016 | 13:17

Jenny Thomas was reunited with her birth mother, Nita Valdez on TLC's
Jenny Thomas was reunited with her birth mother, Nita Valdez on TLC's "Long Lost Family."
Jenny Thomas was reunited with her birth mother, Nita Valdez on TLC's "Long Lost Family."
Jenny Thomas' birth mother Nita Valdez on TLC's "Long Lost Family."

A woman who launched a search to find her birth mother after 40 years was astonished to discover that she had been her work colleague for two years.

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Jenny Thomas (40) from New York contacted Reality TV network TLC to take part in a show which reunites long-lost family members.

After being selected by the show ‘Long Lost Family’ the woman was astonished when the programme’s researchers told her that her former colleague Nita Valdez was her birth mother.

The pair has worked together closely for more than two years in a New York hospital.

Jenny Thomas was reunited with her birth mother, Nita Valdez on TLC's
Jenny Thomas was reunited with her birth mother, Nita Valdez on TLC's "Long Lost Family."
Jenny Thomas' birth mother Nita Valdez on TLC's "Long Lost Family."

Speaking to the New York Post, Jenny said: “I was just in shock. I had looked in so many faces for so many years, [thinking] “Could that be her? Is she looking at me because she knows me?”

“All the while I had looked at the woman who once knew me as her daughter,” she said.

Jenny discovered that Nita has placed her up for adoption after having her out of wedlock, and she was ashamed to tell her father who was a minister.

The search will appear in an upcoming series on TLC.

Jenny Thomas' birth mother Nita Valdez on TLC's
Jenny Thomas' birth mother Nita Valdez on TLC's "Long Lost Family."
Jenny Thomas was reunited with her birth mother, Nita Valdez on TLC's "Long Lost Family."

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